When the Circuit Breaks: America's Energy Crisis (Part I)
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- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- U.S. Federal Energy Administration, Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Explains that all forms of energy have circuit breakers; when demand exceeds supply, the circuit breaks; when several circuits break at the same time, we have an energy crisis. Examines the traditional sources of energy, looks at the present to show how demand is steadily gaining on supply, and looks to the future to see what new sources of energy show the greatest promise. Can serve as a springboard for discussion on what each person can do right now to cope with the energy problem.
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- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: What crisis?
This film is fun to watch as a study in alarmism.
Notice that mankind has NEVER run out of ANY natural resource in history, and never will. You may find that statement startling, but you will not be able to find evidence to the contrary. That is because we have the greatest natual resource of all....human ingenuity. As long as we keep making human beings, we will always find new ways of energy.
We have been warned for centuries that we will shortly run out of this and that. It never happened. NEVER has. We have as much forest land as we had in the 1950s and at the turn of the century. We used to use wood for heat, then we used coal (still do!) and now we use oil. We still have PLENTY of all of it, and human beings are in the most prosperous period in all of human history.
Less poor people than ever. Less hungry than ever. Greater standard of living than ever. Less wars than ever (despite the Iraq conflict), more freedom for more people than ever. Human nature has us always pining for the "good ol days" These ARE the good ol days. Just look to your internet, your thermostat, your highly efficient automobile, your hi-def digital devices galore, and your medical care unequaled in human history.
When you invent the next great energy source, you will become a billionaire. It will happen. It always has. ("Always" is a tough trend to overcome.)
Subject: An interesting film
Historians of the future will not be kind to Ronald Reagan, who's first symbolic act was to rip out the solar panels that powered the Whitehouse. Reagan's policies ushered in a two decade long national movement of ignoring long term issues for short-term gain.
Unfortunately, in the next energy crisis, we will find that many of the one-shot options listed in this movie won't be available.
Subject: Timely... but not exactly enjoyable
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